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Using Research Evidence in Practice - Level 6 - 20 credits - Module only - Module

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to use research evidence in practice which will help contribute to your development as a qualified Healthcare Professional. The module will enhance your knowledge of evidence and its uses to help inform your practice. You will be able to understand how evidence can be implemented to improve practice.

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.


Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Level CPD
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City South
  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Overview

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to use research evidence in practice which will help contribute to your development as a qualified Healthcare Professional. The module will enhance your knowledge of evidence and its uses to help inform your practice. You will be able to understand how evidence can be implemented to improve practice.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

This module aligns with the Professional Practice Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy.

You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feed-forward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.  

Why Choose Us?

  • Understand best evidence for your practice
  • Examine the process of devising an answerable question arising from clinical practice
  • Develop as a healthcare professional
  • Flexible and practice-led
  • Think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Oct 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Oct 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • £720 per 20 credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Course in Depth

Level 6

This module is for all healthcare practitioners if you want to enhance your understanding of evidence based practice to help improve your patient/client/service-user care. The aims of the module are to develop both your understanding of the importance of best evidence in practice, and your ability to locate, evaluate, and use best evidence in developing aspects of practice.

Good reasons to study Evidence-Based Practice: Clinical practice does not remain static but changes frequently. As a healthcare practitioner you must be able to justify and rationalise your practice to ensure quality care is provide and maintained. To ensure best practice is sustained you, as a practitioner, need to understand the concepts of evidence based practice and how to apply these concepts to your area of practice.

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to use research evidence in practice which will help contribute to your development as a qualified Healthcare Professional. The module will enhance your knowledge of evidence and its uses to help inform your practice. You will be able to understand how evidence can be implemented to improve practice. To do this a recognised process known as GRADE will be used. This acronym relates to a five point process:

  • Generating questions – Knowing what clinical questions are relevant to ask
  • Retrieving Evidence – Knowing where and how to look for evidence
  • Appraisal – assessing the strengths and value of the evidence and to recognise any limitations or weaknesses
  • Doing It – Exploring how to use written evidence and implement it in practice.
  • Evaluation – How do we know something has been effective? Exploring the benefits of evaluation

This module aligns with the Professional Practice Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feedforward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.

Course structure

Learning will be a blend of online activity prior to sessions.

The taught part of the module will include a variety of interactive and problem based sessions.

Employability

A range of reading to supplement the taught session and prepare for the following sessions will be highlighted.

The module will help you to develop your professional portfolio. You will be encouraged to develop your thinking about research based practice in your clinical area.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Facilities and Staff

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

Simulation Mannequins

SPACE skills practice model

S.P.A.C.E.

SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.

S.P.A.C.E.

Learning Facilities

We offer up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across. These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Learning Facilities

Nursing - Facilities - Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Explore our facilities in 360 panoramas, including welcome videos from key members of staff and Health and Wellbeing student profiles.

Virtual Tour

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Our staff

Dr Andrew Walsh

Senior Lecturer

Andrew qualified as a mental health nurse in 1982. Before coming to BCU he worked in a range of mental health care settings such as acute mental health care and the mental health of older people. He was a ward manager, a Community Psychiatric Nurse and he also worked in primary care within South Birmingham.

Andrew studied for his BSc in Mental Health Nursing and a Masters Degree in Education at BCU before completing his EdD at the University of Birmingham. Andrew is interested in health promotion, the therapeutic relationship and empathy and he is actively involved in health care research within local mental health services. 

Andrew organises the annual Mental Health Nursing Pre-Registration Mental Health Nursing Conference at Birmingham City University's City South Campus.

More about Andrew

Enquiries

Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact Andrew Walsh on:

Professional Navigators

Our Professional Navigator, Nicola Clarke, is also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.